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It's done, done, done! I have half the packages for sponsorships packed and ready to mail - I just need to cut and sign and number a few more postcards and print one more $%&* soldierfish aceo for a set, and I can cross this off my list. The giant lobster isn't up at the site yet because the article hasn't been approved, but it should be soon.



Click for a bigger version at the Torn World site!

Today, there will be a trip to the post office to mail these, and some shopping. I will be baking halibut for dinner, and working on coloring book pages during Guppy's naptime. I need some ideas for things to draw for the Dark Fantasy coloring book. Hmm.

In garden and yard news, my apple trees are setting out lots of leaves! I'm so excited! They aren't just twigs! The maples are being much more slow - I'm concerned that one of them is completely dead. The other has a little sprout coming up from the roots, so something is happening, at least. My strawberries, unlike the last time I tried them, are flourishing, and putting out happy clusters of teeny white flowers. The zucchini leaves look sad, but there are half a dozen blossoms coming in, so it can't be that sad. More little upstart violas are coming in, and they are blooming like little crazy things. The violets are still threatening to take over the entire bed, and every day I thin out two or three and transplant them into the horrible soil where the bank washed out this spring. I would be thrilled to get a bank of violets there, though I have doubts that they will thrive as well there. I was delighted to find that FIVE of my lilies came in - later than I expected, but I'm still super happy. The buds are still little and green, so it will be a while before I know which ones they are. I think it's the yellow day lilies, not the orange tiger lilies. The delphinium is a little curled up and sad-looking. I don't see aphids like I have in previous years, but I'm wondering if it's got little bugs. Oh! And the cilantro is coming back! I never in a hundred years expected cilantro to winter over here! It's still super teeny, but definitely hanging in there, and there's quite a lot of it. The wild chives are looking extra hardy and ready to be clipped. Ironically, the saddest of the plants are the marigolds, which are what I paid the most for.

And bees! We've got bees! Not hornets or yellow jackets, but actual bees! My rookie research says they are Great Northwestern bees, which nearly went extinct in the area, but I've seen them most days now, so I'm tickled that they might be making a comeback. Maybe I won't have to hand-pollinate my zucchinis this year! In related news, I haven't seen any yellow jackets so far, and that makes me even happier.

Aaaaand, a super loud helicopter just went overhead and now the baby is kicking. Time to wrap this up.

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kelkyag
Jun. 10th, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
Tiny tiny diver! And really huge anchor on the border?

Three cheers for apple trees and bees!
ellenmillion
Jun. 15th, 2014 05:54 am (UTC)
I hadn't really thought of the anchor or tentacles on the border as part of the scale - but giant anchors aren't that unusual for very big boats.

Horrah for flowers and bees!
kelkyag
Jun. 16th, 2014 12:48 am (UTC)
Now that you mention it, I have seen some very big anchors on display around the harbor. I don't know how big a boat one needs to justify one of those.
davesmusictank
Jun. 10th, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
Wild chives are great. I use them in many recipes.
ellenmillion
Jun. 15th, 2014 05:54 am (UTC)
They are a delicious touch!
padparadscha
Jun. 12th, 2014 03:22 am (UTC)
I'm always startled when those dead-looking twigs start throwing out leaves like crazy. ANd the other surprise was one extremely cold winter here when all sorts of things wintered over--and I realized it was probably the snow that insulated them from the worst of the cold!

God, that sea monster chart is still just SO COOL.
ellenmillion
Jun. 15th, 2014 05:55 am (UTC)
I am enormously pleased by how well the chart turned out.

And yes, we have the worst plant problems on low-snow years, not necessarily the coldest winters.
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